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Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone Among 'The Last Airbender' Cast

December 11, 2008 03:25:49 GMT

Pop singer Jesse McCartney is in talks to join the ensemble, and the Jasper Hale of 'Twilight', Jackson Rathbone, allegedly has been asked to play Aang's friend, Sokka, in 'The Last Airbender'.


Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone Among 'The Last Airbender' Cast
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Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has reportedly found his cast ensemble for "The Last Airbender". In a casting report, Entertainment Weekly claimed that Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone's names have popped out in the cast ensemble list for the live-action adaptation of animation series "Avatar: The Last Airbender".

While McCartney, the "Leavin'" singer who voiced JoJo in "Horton Hears a Who!", has been said to still be in negotiation for the role of Zuko, the Fire Nation's evil prince, Rathbone, who recently appeared as Jasper Hale in "Twilight", is lined-up to be Aang's pal named Sokka. Joining them are Noah Ringer who may take the main character, Aang, and Nicola Peltz who will star as Sokka's sister, Katara.

To be differentiated from James Cameron's "Avatar", "The Last Airbender" has dropped "Avatar" from its title. It tells the story of the successor to a long line of Avatars who must put aside his irresponsible ways and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. The Paramount Pictures film eyes to hit U.S. theaters on July 2, 2010.

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posted by adrianamarie on Feb 03, 2011
so what going on?I sure hope you have jackson rath bone in the new airbender movie,i saw him on criminal minds and he was so amazing ,you guys would be so bless to have Jackson so please use him for this movie he did a great job in the last airbender movie .adriana
posted by JUSTshutup on Aug 30, 2010
Who care?
posted by rosejj on Jul 23, 2010
jessemccartney but love you
posted by rosejj on Jul 23, 2010
jesse mccartney aaron carter my girl
posted by Ray on May 03, 2010
I don't really mind changing the ethnicity of the characters but I just don't understand why Hollywood cast all the lead heros as European descendants and the villains are all minorities considering that Sokka and Katara are brown skin in the cartoon wearing Native American clothing and Aang is bald with martial skills. Even the creators have said Sokka and Katara are of Inuit descent and the intro to the animated show has Chinese writing and martial arts. This is obviously mostly a Pan Asian fantasy inspired show.
posted by cactusjuice on Mar 21, 2010
great jackson rathbone as my favorite character and mccartny as zuko my second fave charater...dont get wrong i love rathbone in twilight hes perfect in it but avatar..? come on... and mcartney as zuko...? ermm its just so not what i excpected i dont really wanna see the movie now ... knowing my favorite characters are theses guys dont be mad at me though this is my opinion...id rather stick to my cartoonized version...im gonna miss that series its too bad its over. and too bad the cant put avatar in the title hope they have a nice appa and momo and maybe a suki.
posted by Ida flicka on Mar 04, 2010
I £ove jesse mccartney would be prince zuko b/c he is really good in acting
posted by PF on Jan 23, 2010
LOVE JACKSON RATHBONE! LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM!
posted by roll_with_life on Dec 14, 2009
alrighty guys...got bored so I decided hey what else better to do then give this page the third party opinion I really liked what lexie303 had to say cuz I mean guys really we gonna argue about the race of this movie? it is a freaking show just meant to entertain you for a little while then it ends then you watch the next epidsode or wait for the next movie(cuz let's face it can hollywood really make a movie without a sequel anymore?) to come out...are we seriously going to sit here and argue over the race?? it is a movie it isn't going to be exact anyways so obviously we need to stop caring and roll with life...they aren't trying to push the damn movie down your throat(okay well with advertising these days sort of but besides that) if you don't like it don't go watch it stay at home and watch the series I mean anyone who has ever seen the series already knows what happens so why even freak out...the movie is to bring a new spin on it give the audience something new...the characters will be the same whatever race they happen to be, hell they could aliens from another planet if they can act hire them hell idc it is not the color of the skin it is the skills of the actors and hollywood to pull it off so anyways this is what we all need to do...stop complaining(this includes me), get on with life, wait for the movie(which may or may not be good) and roll with life...
posted by UKME on Dec 01, 2009
ok here we go again, and again and again. Same old carp. And yes i am the worst speller in the world. i am like everyone else i think i'm the biggest Avatar fan. And i have always hope that one day someone will come along and make the movie. But when i heard who was making the movie, i knew exactly what race too expect was going to end up being the main characters. And yes i was right and as a Fan of Avatar, i am very disapointed to the point of not caring anymore, except for who is playing Aang. And NO i am not racist. I am just a true FAN, and like all of you i want to see this rich, facinating, well develope script come alive on the big screem. And to think i read what some of you wrote that it can't be an all asian movie. People! People! let's not forget some of the other famous movies what race where the main charaters eg. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings to name a few. ok, ok i know that this is long. one last thing. This is the 20TH centrey, Why cann't those whose race we see every time we turn on our tv, step aside, and give fame to some one else. IT IS TIME, and there is beauty and talent in all races, we just have to believe and give others a change.
posted by the rebel (again) on Sep 29, 2009
my typing is messd up i typed it fast so it may sound wierd woops lol
posted by the rebel on Sep 29, 2009
everyone here is freakn idiots its an amercanized anime so theres no such thing as a fing race in the "cartoon" so theres no white or asain there called fire nathion and water nation people thats there RACE DUMBASSES!!! seriously fucking idiots!!! its CARTOON no such thing as race!!!! if you think it should be all white or azn then ur fing racist so shut the hell up with oh there azn on the cuz there not just because they have the eyes like the other jap shows doesnt mean they you people are annoying with this crap yall did the samething with dragonball goku is not azn hes a damn SAIYAN!! so people theres no such things as RACE in freaking ANIME!!!! people damn. @!#!#@!#!!!
posted by Me! on Aug 16, 2009
Umm so is toph going to be in this film? Cuz she is like the best charcter of the series we NEED HER!
posted by sharingan123 on Jul 30, 2009
GUYS FOR GOD SAKE!! this is sooo old! jesse isn't playing zuko anymore coz his music tour clashed with the filming. IM SOOOO ANNOYED THOUGH!! i thought he wood hav bn an awesome zuko!!! but its now Dev Patel who was in slumdog millionaire so he should be good too!
posted by lalala on Jul 19, 2009
u r all so mean i am ten and i wanna see it u all r like hurting my feelings u guys r prob teenagers sumthin but i no hoo wants to watch KIDS so shut up
posted by esra on Jun 12, 2009
I have a crush on jackson.I love jackson so much.and ı think sokka will be good
posted by errr..... on Jun 05, 2009
could you people stop and think for a second? i hate this show anyway, ive nva seen an episode and i nva wantED to-until now. maby what theyre trying to do with this cast is to suck in people- like me- with actors they like to make them actually WANT to see this and get more ratings. ***** *5 STARS 4 JACKSON RATHBONE* ♥
posted by Jessica on May 24, 2009
i hope jesse gets there
posted by mi\'kmaqvision on May 15, 2009
Okay ppl, seriously, u should all be aware that this movie will be screwed up. Whether the cast is all Asian, white, black, blue, green, or mixed. What cartoon turned movie can u name that turned out well with ppl cast correctly? Thats my point, none. So, as always we all need to just separate ourselves from the amazingness of the real avatar and pretend this movie is in its on realm.
posted by WillEarthbendIfProvo on May 10, 2009
Will you people stop being so freaking racist??? How would you like it if you made avatar all asian and no white people (who make up half the country) were dissing your movie? An all-asian OR all-white or all-the-same cast would suck! This is AMERICA people! It needs divercity! Aang's asian, some people are white, and i think they're going to add some african-americans in somewhere! JM will be a great zuko(with some hair dye) and jackson will do a perfect sokka. have a little faith in this movie, will ya?
posted by McFatYUMMMY on Mar 21, 2009
HAVE SOME CHEESE
posted by mystiq on Jan 30, 2009
There will be a protest at The Last Airbender Open Call on February 7th in Philadelphia, from 10AM to 4PM at the Independence Hall Visitor Center. Independence Hall Visitor Center “Independence Ball Room” 6th & Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106 We are asking EVERYONE who is against the all white casting, and racism in HollyWood to please come out and use their voice. News channels will also be out..lets make an impact. It takes ONE person to change the world..it will take a group to change this movie!
posted by Jacksonrathbonerocks on Jan 26, 2009
ok you guys really need to stop freaking out about Jesse McCartney playing Zuko. You never know he might be able to pull off the bad boy image zuko has. Jesse's acting skill are pretty good he can pull it off!! as for jackson playing sokka i think he would be perfect. he can tottaly pull off the non bending worrior sokka is in the series. one last thing who is this Noah Ringer?? i have never heard of her. if shes going to play Aang we are going to need some background info!!!
posted by JesseMcCartney on Jan 15, 2009
you never know i might get the role of prince zuko and i might not we'll just wait and see.
posted by ILOVEJESSEMCCARTNEY! on Jan 15, 2009
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY I LOVE JESSE MCCARTNEY ILL WATCH ANYTHING HE'S IN HE'S SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by jasper\'s girl on Jan 14, 2009
PLEASE make the movie i am begging you!! I love both these actors and it would be a dream come true to see avatar become a movie with two amazing actors. I could seriously not beg you enough PLEASE!! T^T
posted by erika on Jan 13, 2009
please don't do the movie!!!! don't! is just wrong, i honestly don't think it's going to be a hit (rmmbr speed racer).... i love jesse and don't make me go on jackson (i love him!) the movie is a mistake but well i'll see it anywya hahah :P
posted by Amm on Jan 10, 2009
jesse is a good actor so no worries about zuko if u doubt that he is checkout his movie keith he is awesome
posted by [Darkrai] on Jan 09, 2009
Wut? Zuko is going to be played as Jesse McLame? He better be wearing a wig... >.<
posted by Blue Roxs on Jan 07, 2009
Also i hate 2 admit it but i can c JM as a preety ood Zuko!! even tough i hate him and his music!!!!
posted by Blue Roxs on Jan 07, 2009
k when ppl say they DON'T like the cast of thi movie it dosent mean their racist!!!also the whole castexcept maybe th Ringer dude suck!!! This movie is goin 2 reek nd u all know it!! just keep sending letters 2 paramount or nick if u have aproblem with it! Hint:I HATE THE CAST 2!!!!
posted by ....No one cares on Jan 07, 2009
McCartney Really?
posted by Someone21 on Jan 04, 2009
I would like to see this. This is going to burn horrible. An animation should stay an animation, unless they can come up with a good way to bring it to real life. As this is an asian show, but do you see any asians. Look at transformers that pretty good, but this is going to fail like a fat guy trying to get Britney Spears. PHAIL!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Vina on Jan 04, 2009
Nobody is saying this is the fault of the actors. But if they're going to put these kids in yellowface and have them try to play Asian characters, nothing will save them from the fallout come 2010.
posted by Kataang7789 on Dec 29, 2008
Shut up you stupid, racicst, idiot, may Azula be let out of the insane asylum to come kill you!!!
posted by InterestingPerson on Dec 29, 2008
Uhmm...here's the thing...NO...I'm NOT trying to be racist. I love Jackson Rathbone to death b/c he's just one of the most amazing actors ever (even if I've only seen him in one movie in which he had about...err...one line perhaps??). I have no comment for Mr. McCartney. HOWEVER...Avatar IS...well...ASIANESQUE...with people who are....Asian? Maybe? I dunno. I just feel like it will kind of take away from the whole feel of the series....I wasn't too hot on the whole live action plot in the first place anyways. I don't feel like they're going to have a big enough budget to make the movie what it should be. I'm worried about the cheap effects and bad translation from tv-screen to theater-screen. I really hope this movie proves me wrong...even without Asian actors. Unfortunately, there aren't any young/talented/well-known Asian actors to fill the roles anyways...and this movie kinda needs some kids who are at least RELATIVELY known. oi.
posted by goooo twilight! :D on Dec 28, 2008
ALL OF YOU FOOLS ARE JUST JEALOUS OF JACKSON'S IMMENSE HOTTNESSS. jackson's too good to be in some 'avatar' movie anywayy.
posted by Dag987 on Dec 26, 2008
I can see Jesse as Zuko too. I just really really hope he turns down the part. I thought Jackson was going to be aang!! That would be cool.
posted by Team Edward on Dec 25, 2008
okay, people need to stop dissing Jackson Rathbone. Maybe the movie'll be good, maybe it wont. I have been iffy about the whole idea of Avatar being more than a cartoon from the start, so it's nice to have something to look forward to. As for Jessie McCartney... I just hope that he looks good with black hair and can have a MAJOR attitude. But Jackson is a good actor and I loved Twilight, he makes a good Jasper. And as for the whole Asian thing, it doesn't matter what a person's race is, as long as they portray the character like they are portrayed in the original series then the movie will turn out very good, everyone has different opinions of what a character should look and act lik, and this is the vision that M.NS. had so we just need to deal with it. PS: Jackson, my best friend is Team Jasper, lol.
posted by someone on Dec 23, 2008
OMG! they have everything messed up!ZUKO IS ASIAN! i hope they dont actually do that! mccartney is blond for cryin out loud! i dont see him as zuko in any way whatsoever. i am hoping....PRAYING, that jesse mccartney doesnt ruin the part of zuko. after all, blond is like the opposite of black hair. I THINK PPL SHOULD BE ASIAN IN THIS MOVIE! sorry lemme repeat that: ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN. there, got it, shamlayn?
posted by someone on Dec 23, 2008
OMG! they have everything messed up!ZUKO IS ASIAN! i hope they dont actually do that! mccartney is blond for cryin out loud! i dont see him as zuko in any way whatsoever. i am hoping....PRAYING, that jesse mccartney doesnt ruin the part of zuko. after all, blond is like the opposite of black hair. I THINK PPL SHOULD BE ASIAN IN THIS MOVIE! sorry lemme repeat that: ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN. there, got it, shamlayn?
posted by toph on Dec 21, 2008
I'm really exicted for both Jesse and Jackson; they are both great actors, so just give them the benefit of the doubt.
posted by anon on Dec 21, 2008
the show is blantently asian!!!!!!!! Aang I can sort of get as white but no one else. And pretty boy Jesse Macartney as Zuko how do they expect that to work one hes white two hes a pretty boy Zuko is not a pretty boy he is dark and brooding sort of like a would of been sexy emo.
posted by blah blah on Dec 21, 2008
people stop being so f###ing racest. who cares if there caucasian or asian or white or tanned or whatever. it doesnt matter what they look like as long as they can act...and jackson rathbone is an awsome actor
posted by tammy on Dec 18, 2008
owhhh..i cant wait 4 thiz movie... i love avatar n jesse.. horreeeyy
posted by zira_fire on Dec 18, 2008
you guys are totally right!!! How can they even think of cating avatar peole as non-asians!!!! TOTES WRONG!!!
posted by lexie303 on Dec 18, 2008
You know im just gonna keep a positive atittude about this and not get my hopes up to high. And until I start seeing promotional stuff like trailers and whatnot I won't judge the movie because it might be amazing and if jesse mccartney maybe a really good zuko. Just chill out people, what can we do. and if the movie sucks it sucks. And as for the race thing I don't really know what's goin on there but it may somehow work...i hope.
posted by craziness on Dec 17, 2008
i can totally see jackson rathbone as sokka, but i have serious issues with JESSE MCCARTNEY of ALL people to play Zuko. Mostly, I agree with the general consensus of comments here-let's please not whitewash everything, Hollywood! I'm excited for this movie (i love avatar!), but definately nervous.
posted by Lilo on Dec 16, 2008
O.O Jesse McCarthy as Zuko?! Um...that's not who I expected. Especially since now if they do the second season...Azula has to be Caucasian. They better not butcher the show.
posted by cdav on Dec 16, 2008
we should all prolly send m.ns messages on myspace and/or facebook to complain. because no of these characters are white. and I would prefer if m.ns does screw up on of the greatest stories ever told.
posted by idk on Dec 16, 2008
YOU PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT DISSING JASPER!!!!!
posted by idk on Dec 16, 2008
YOU PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT DISSING JASPER!!!!!
posted by King Bumi on Dec 16, 2008
"The Possessive Investment in Whiteness" strikes again! Hollywood manages to whitewash the best american animated series. Here is a quote from the author, Ursula LeGuin, "I think it is possible that a good many readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don't notice, maybe don't care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being 'colorblind.' Nobody else does."
posted by Fatima on Dec 14, 2008
Nickelodeon and Paramount execs are screwing us in the butt. WHAT DO THEY THINK WE ARE? STUPID?
posted by flares2 on Dec 14, 2008
if zuko is played by a caucasian then iroh will have to be played by a caucasian, which makes absolutely no sense. iroh cannot be a caucasian. as for katara and sokka, i really don't mind them being caucasian as long as the majority of the water tribe is inuit-esque. in other words, not every in the water tribe needs to be inuit. a couple, like katara and sokka, can be caucasian. same with aang and the air nomads. i don't mind if aang is caucasian as long as the majority of the air nomads are asian. and obviously the most diversity can be found in earth kingdom. but toph is going to have to be asian. after all, her last name is Bei Fong. but again, zuko needs to be asian. and the majority of the fire nation should be asian. but jason isaacs, the voice actor for zhao, should play zhao in the live action movie. i think he would be good for the part.
posted by King Bumi on Dec 14, 2008
"The Possessive Investment in Whiteness" strikes again! Hollywood manages to whitewash the best american animated series. Here is a quote from the author, Ursula LeGuin, "I think it is possible that a good many readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don't notice, maybe don't care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being 'colorblind.' Nobody else does."
posted by larson on Dec 14, 2008
jesse mccartney..at first alittle worried..but just watched his movie "keith" and i must say hes gonna be a great zuko.. not sure about the other guy though =/
posted by TwilightFan101 on Dec 13, 2008
LOL. ROXAS=ZUKO. LOL.
posted by What!!! on Dec 13, 2008
None of the characters in the animated show were caucasian. Air Nomads were Tibetan. Fire Nation were Japanese. Earth Kindom were Chineese. Water Tribe were Inuit. And once again Hollywood decides to make all the main characters caucasian. I'm just suprised that M. Night Shyamalan would sell out like that.
posted by Belle-Teal on Dec 13, 2008
i agree with the others cause im pretty sure people from the Water Tribe are meant to be TANNED!!!!!!!!!!! Geez they must all be blind and don't get me wrong Rathbone is a good Jasper but probably not a good Sokka and seriously the others (mainly Zuko) should be Asian well that's what i think
posted by Lala-Chan on Dec 13, 2008
I think they'll work it out. Rathbone's a good actor, so I think it will be good. We also have a while to get used to the idea, haha.
posted by roxas on Dec 12, 2008
this is wrong!! the cast should be at least part asian and a WHITE Sokka?!? I just hope blondie jesse dosen't mess Zuko up. M.NS better make this as good as the series itself. Avatar fans are counting on you
posted by angry676767 on Dec 12, 2008
SOKKA AND KATARA ARE NOT WHITE!!!! ARE YOU PEOPLE BLIND?!?!??!? AND ZUKO IS ASIAN FOR GOSH SAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by memechoi on Dec 12, 2008
well, the way I thought the cast would be was, asians, and like aboriginal(sortof) people who were the water tribe people.
posted by llllllllll on Dec 11, 2008
this movie is gonna SUCK!!!!!!!!
posted by Emmasj on Dec 11, 2008
I think they'll both be great. I've been iffy about the movie from the start, so it's nice to have something to look forward to.
posted by dantmanc124 on Dec 11, 2008
i can see jessse as zuko, maybe with a little hair die tho, but i can not see sokka being played by that other guy! no way!
posted by dantmanc124 on Dec 11, 2008
i can see jessse as zuko, maybe with a little hair die tho, but i can not see sokka being played by that other guy! no way!

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